By: Tony Ross, 余治莹 (Translator)
Originally Published in: United Kingdom
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 25
Lines per page: 1-2
Luka® can read these book!
This wildly popular 顽皮小公主 (wán pí xiǎo gōng zhǔ) The Naughty Little Princess Chinese series from the UK brilliantly portrays daily dramas familiar to toddlers everywhere (and their parents). Since the release of the book in 1986, the series has been adapted for television and currently has 2 of its 3 seasons available on Amazon Prime in the U.S. (only in English, unfortunately!).
Written and illustrated by Tony Ross (the illustrator of the Horrid Harry series ), the series was inspired by the daily life of Ross' own daughter when she was a toddler.
The vocabulary in this Chinese translation of the series is plentiful, but it is chock full of useful phrases from daily life such as "她要小马桶 tā yào xiǎo mǎ tǒng (She wants her potty )!". These types of sentences repeat several times in the hilarious stories making them ideal for budding readers to start recognizing some of their first sentences.
The stories also involve a revolving group of characters that will also help your child become familiar with some more advanced language! See list below.小公主：xiǎo gōng zhǔ：the little princess
国王：guó wáng：the king
王后：wáng hòu：the queen
首相：shǒu xiāng：the prime minister
将军：jiāng jūn：the general
海军上将：hǎi jūn shàng jiāng：the admiral
女仆：nǚ pú：the maid
医生：yī shēng：the doctor
厨师：chú shī：the cook
园丁：yuán dīng：the gardener
Although the style and tone of the books are not for everyone (you can find some reviewers on Amazon who are upset about how the Potty book ends), the vast majority of reviewers on both American and Chinese sites say their little ones love these books.
Also, our initial response from our testers was EXTREMELY positive. One of the moms (a native Chinese speaker who is just introducing character learning to her 4 year old daughter) called us raving about how much her daughter loved these books and how quickly she memorized them and even wanted to start writing some of the phrases down.
《顽皮小公主-我要开着灯》 (Wánpí xiǎo gōngzhǔ-wǒ yào kāizhe dēng) I Want My Light On!
《顽皮小公主-我要奶嘴》(Wánpí xiǎo gōngzhǔ-wǒ yào nǎizuǐ) I Want my Pacifier!
《顽皮小公主-我要小马桶》(Wánpí xiǎo gōngzhǔ-wǒ yào xiǎo mǎtǒng) I Want My Potty!
《顽皮小公主-我不要洗手》 (Wánpí xiǎo gōngzhǔ-wǒ bùyào xǐshǒu) I Don't Want to Wash my Hands!
《顽皮小公主-我要自己做》(Wánpí xiǎo gōngzhǔ-wǒ yào zìjǐ zuò) I Want To Do It Myself!
《顽皮小公主-我要回家》(Wánpí xiǎo gōngzhǔ-wǒ yào huí jiā) I Want To Go Home!
《顽皮小公主-我要妈妈》(Wánpí xiǎo gōngzhǔ-wǒ yào māmā) I Want My Mom!
《顽皮小公主-我要听睡前故事》(Wánpí xiǎo gōngzhǔ-wǒ yào tīng shuì qián gùshì) I Want A Bedtime Story!
《顽皮小公主-我要吃晚餐》(Wánpí xiǎo gōngzhǔ-wǒ yào chī wǎncān) I Want My Dinner!
《顽皮小公主-我不要去医院》(Wánpí xiǎo gōngzhǔ-wǒ bùyào qù yīyuàn) I Don't Want to Go To Hospital!
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me":
Ages 2-6 will enjoy having these books read to them either by Luka® or a caregiver.
"Read by myself":
The limited text per page and the prevalence of common language make it a good "bridge book" for readers. The involved plot and detailed illustrations will capture the interest of experienced readers ages 4-6.
Option to pair with Luka®:
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